African Civil Society Conversation on Internet Governance
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Where Discussion is on a mailing list. You can participate in English or French. We will post weekly summaries of the discussion in English and French.
When The discussion space will be open from 11 September to 31 December 2012.
How Go to: https://lists.apc.org/mailman/listinfo/africs-ig and subscribe to the list.
This purpose of this site and the linked mailing list is to serve as a platform that will help garner African civil society's views and contributions to ICT policy and internet governance issues and processes, with a special focus on the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) and the proposed review of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) that will take place in December 2012. This process is being facilitated by the Association for Progressive Communications.
The goal of this undertaking is to build awareness, understanding and engagement among African civil society organisations around the WCIT, the proposed revisions to the ITRs and the 'state' of internet governance from more broadly. It is hoped that this platform will facilitate and further African civil society's engagement with internet governance processes at national, regional and global levels while enabling them to contribute to shaping the future development of the internet and telecommunications.
Develop specific objectives for improvements of internet governance from an African perspective and to promote African access to and participation in the development of the internet.
Background materials and resources
Please send proposals for materials to mawaki [at] apc.org.
Below are links to documents and resources that are intended to inform African CS constituents as well as all participants in this discussion about the contexts and the issues related to internet governance and the review process of the international telecommunication regulations.
- Africa Region's Proposals to the Review of the ITRs ITU Document, Source Africa Region, June 2012
- Senegal IGF 2012 Rapport du Forum National Sénégalais sur la Gouvernance de l'Internet / Report of Senegal national internet governance forum
- The ITU’s WCIT Negotiation: Internet Governance, or Just Governing the Internet? From the Centre for Democracy and Tecnology's policy analysis on WCIT and internet governance, June 2012
- WCITLeaks page of policy analyses and other resources for CS globally WCITleaks.org is a website that is dedicated to find and make public ITU's documents related to the WCIT and ITRs' revision processes. Related policy analyses may be found at the page linked above.
- The International Telecommunication Regulations of 1988 The current ITRs from the Final Acts of the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference, Melbourne 1988 (Published in Geneva, 1989).
- WCIT Proposals to Watch Excerpt of proposed language and provisions for the revision of the ITRs, compiled by WCITleaks.org
- Draft of the Future ITRs From the ITU Plenary Meeting, non-dated
- Anticipated final draft of the future ITRs From the Chaiman of the Council Working Group, ITU, June 2012
- Threat Analysis of the ITU's WCIT (Part 1): Historical Context Historical overview of the ITU-IG relationship: Internet Governance Project's blog entry by Milton Meuller, Syracuse University, May 2012
- Why some WCIT proposals are bad for developing countries by LIRNEasia's Rohan Samarajiva, September 2012
- Ghana echoes LIRNEasia: Minister bins ETNO doctrine Report of Ghana’s Communication Minister Mr. Haruna Iddrisu's statement by Abu Saeed Khan, September 2012
- WCIT Advocacy Toolkit by AccessNow.Org
- Talking Points for Civil Society on the World Conference on International Telecommunications by AccessNow.Org
- Exemples de points de discussion pour la société civile lors de la CMIT La version française d'un des outils de plaidoyer élaborés par AccessNow.Org
- Exemple d'une demande de consultation lors du CMTI-2012 auprès de ta délégation nationale La version française de la lettre-type élaborée par AccessNow.Org
- The Internet Economy in Africa Overview of the impact of the internet in Africa by Dalberg
- Sample letter to request to join your national delegation to WCIT Sample letter developed by AccessNow.Org
- Revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations Threaten the Internet's Role in Economic Development around the Globe Economic impact of ITRs by CDT, the Center for Democracy and Technology, October 11, 2012
- APC Perspectives on the Revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations APC submission for input to the WCIT process, 3 November 2012
- NRO Contribution to the WCIT Public Consultation Process Regional Internet Registries' submission for input to the WCIT process, 3 November 2012
- “Stop the Net Grab”: NRO shares concerns about the WCIT process The Internet Number Resource Organization joins the "Stop the Net Grab" campaign, 13 November 2012
Activities linked to this discussion
- African IGF
- West Africa IGF http://www.waigf.org/
- Central Africa IGF http://www.fgi-ac.org/
- Southern African IGF http://www.ngopulse.org/saigf
- Highway Africa http://www.highwayafrica.com/
- BestBits Civil Society Meeting, Baku, 3-4 November 2012 http://igcaucus.org:9001/p/BestBits
About the Association for Progressive Communications
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), established in 1990, is an international network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, improved governance, development and environmental sustainability, through the strategic use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs).